Unique shopping experiences

Places you haven't shopped yet as the holiday draws near

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With Christmas closing in, the typical Craig shopper may have ventured up one side of Yampa Avenue and down the other, spent an evening in the Centennial Mall and countless hours at Kmart.

But there are out-of-the-box gift ideas that can be found by perusing the little-known shops and businesses often missed the first time around.

Craig Fire and Safety

Rarely visited by non-firefighters, Craig Fire and Safety at 463 Ranney St. has a selection of protective cases and high quality flashlights.

Pelican products are guaranteed to be unbreakable and waterproof, with floating cases from the small digital camera size, to the large size that can hold all of one's expensive gear.

Laptop computers and video cameras can rest comfortably in a Pelican case with a lifetime guarantee that includes free replacement forever.

Pelican flashlights with LED bulbs come in "glow in the dark" styles, along with lights that are water-proof at up to 500 feet.

From swivel-heads to penlights, flashlights featuring super bright xenon bulbs can throw a light across a smoke filled room without diffusing the beam.

Pelican pet-tracker lights will blink for hours after being attached to a dog's collar, warning vehicles away and locating pets for owners.

Museum of Northwest Colorado

Located in the Yampa Avenue shopping district, the Museum of Northwest Colorado at 590 Yampa Ave. is often overlooked as a source for cool yule presents.

The bookstore features many Western history books, including those on cowboys, mountain men, lawmen, American Indians and ranching women.

Local history buffs can find Routt and Moffat counties in countless books, along with Carbon and Sweetwater counties in Wyoming.

Out-of-print books sit next to field guides and colorful John Fielder photo books.

Craig residents may be interested in the compact disc titled "The Real West, a Chapter in Time," featuring short stories involving Moffat County.

A selection of historical prints, in a wide variety of sizes, is also available at the museum.

Snow Country Sales

The small consignment store located at 458 Ranney has items not found other places and at bargain prices.

Exercise machines and sporting goods are located next to bicycles and automotive supplies.

Furniture and hockey skates share space with horse-tack and appliances.

From the smallest knives and tools, to motorcycles and snowmobiles, the prices are all negotiable at this shop.

Bad Axe and Liquid Flesh

Bad Axe Custom Cycles shares a shop with Liquid Flesh Tattoos at 396 School St.

The business can outfit even nonriders with black or red leather jackets as well as hoodies, T-shirts and boots.

Jewelry, stickers and patches can be found next to the motorcycle parts and motorcycles for sale at the business.

Gift certificates can be purchased for that Christmas tattoo your special someone has always desired.

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